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June 10 - 17, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Lightolier earns environmental honors

This week:

River Run 2009

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Save The Date:

Operation Clean Sweep

Environmental Coffee Hour

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Announcement:

Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative

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Ongoing:

Local Farmer's Markets

Know Your Vegetables

Sustainability Courses

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Weekly Green Tip:

Use a Rain Barrel

Weekly Quote:

"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?"
- Robert Redford

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City company recognized for helping environment

Lightolier

Fall River — Companies typically get more attention for violating state laws regarding interaction with the environment than when helping the planet, but the opposite will be true this Wednesday when longtime industrial park company Lightolier will be recognized at a State House ceremony for reducing use of toxic chemicals. Read more here.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

First Fridays - Garden Night 2

June 12, 6:00 p.m
Garden Night 2 (rescheduled from the 5th)! Swap and sale, free compost, free seedlings, and One Earth Concert. Learn more at http://www.firstfridaysnb.org/.

River Run 2009

June 13, 9:00 a.m
Join WRWA and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures for the 6th annual River Run on the Westport River. The day will start off with paddlers racing on either a 3.5 mile Family Fun Course or the 8.5 mile Challenge Course. It will be followed with a celebration at the Head of Westport with food, children's games, and awards for the paddlers. For more information and for registration details click here or call us at (508)636-3016. Hixbridge Road, Westport. www.wrwa.com.

Spring Bird Walk

June 13, 8:00am – 10:00am. Rain date is Sunday, June 14.
The public is invited to join Lloyd Center Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, on Saturday, June 13, for an early morning walk at Demarest Lloyd State Park, at the end of Barney's Joy Road in Dartmouth. Observe a rich variety of bird species, many of which nest within the forest, estuarine border, salt marshes and sand spit habitats that constitute this treasured location. Of particular interest are the endangered shorebirds (piping plover, least tern) of the beach, with many other species expected.

To learn more about this event or to pre-register, call the Center's Event Line (508-558-2918) or visit www.lloydcenter.org. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 ext. 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Barn and Garden Tour

June 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Rochester Center, Town Hall Common
Rochester Land Trust is offering a FREE tour of 9 barns & gardens. Tour starts at Rochester Center Town Hall Common in Rochester, MA. All donations gratefully accepted.

Know Your Vegetables: A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production. 

We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys vegetables… young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.

  • June 15, 2009: Alternative Soil and Tissue Testing in the Field - Monitoring Soil Conductivity (ERGS), pH, and Brix of Plant Sap
  • Discussions are held at Brix Bounty Farm.  Usually 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:30 PM

    For more information or to RSVP please contact Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747    Ph:  508.992.1868                  
    http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/


    Leaf Bullet Save The Date

    Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability

    June 18, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ATMC in Fall River.
    Join us at the kickoff meeting for the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability. The purpose of the Council is to provide education, advice and assistance on the broad issue of sustainability in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Council will act as a leadership forum and network to connect, facilitate, support and coordinate sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

    Operation Clean Sweep: The Great American Clean-Up.

    June 20, 8:00-noon
    Ward 6, New Bedford. The event, organized locally by Operation Clean Sweep, is part of a nation's largest cleanup, beautification and community improvement program. Everyone is invited to join in the activities and help make New Bedford a more beautiful and safer place to live. Pre-Register before the clean up. 508.979.1493, www.operationcleansweep.net, volunteer page, Info@operationcleansweep.net. Future Clean-ups: July 18 – Ward 3, August 15 – Ward 1, Sept. 19 – Ward 4.

    Women's Canoe Trip

    June 23, 6pm – 8:30pm, Lloyd Center
    Sorry gents, this one's for ladies only! … Ladies, enjoy the tranquil beauty and serene views as you paddle along the historic Slocum River. Lead by Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Senior Educator-Naturalist, a "women's only" canoe trip will take place on Tuesday, June 23 from 6pm – 8:30pm. Learn basic canoe strokes and safety, then head out in a canoe to enjoy a summer evening on the water.

    The cost of the trip is $20 for Lloyd Center members and $25 for non-members. Transportation to launching site and all equipment provided. Wear footwear that won't mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic). Participants will meet at the parking lot of the Lloyd Center Headquarters and Nature Center located at 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth, MA. To learn more about this event or to register, call our Event Line (508-558-2918) or simply visit our website (www.lloydcenter.org) and register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Liz at 508-990-0505 ext. 15. This is a very popular trip and space is limited, so please register early.

    Environmental Coffee Hour

    June 24, from 7:30AM to 8:30 AM in Room 314 of New Bedford City Hall.
    Sorry gents, We will have our usual roundtable updates from people around the Southcoast community on environmental topics including sustainability, energy, community gardening and any other environmental topic individuals would like to bring up. As in the past, please limit yourself to a few minutes so everyone has the opportunity to speak if they choose to. In addition Jill MacLean, Assistant City Planner (for New Bedford) will be present to talk about the City Master Plan which is being developed and to seek input from the group.

    Free Healthy Cooking Demonstration

    June 24, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Diabetes Association Inc. Satellite Office - 26 Caroline Street, New Bedford
    Diabetes Association Inc. & Coastline Elderly Service Inc. invite you to a free healthy cooking demonstration. Come learn how to cook Healthy Desserts. Information is step by step so you learn how to do it and best of all you get to taste the food!

    Due to limited seating please call to RSVP by May 1st for one or more sessions to: Ginny Senna-Davis at 508-717-0499 New Bedford or 508-672-5671 Fall River. Space is limited.

    Silverbrook Farm: Vermiculture Workshop

    June 27, 9am-12pm. Silverbrook Farm, 592 Chase Road Dartmouth Ma 02747 508-991-5185
    Composting with Worms - Vermiculture!  Creating amazing fertility!

    Host: Michael Bradlee, Masters in Chemistry from Notre Darme, Undergraduate degree in Biology.

    Learn hands on construction of a worm composting system. Handle the worms.  Learn the biological and chemical processes that make this one of the best organic fertilizers.  Handle red wiggler worms and leave with some to start the process. Discussion, demonstration and reference material provided.  With five years experience with vermiculture, Mike implemented worm composting at Silverbrook.  He will guide you through the process, answer questions and provide resources for your success. 

    Please contact us at Farmsilverbrook@aol.com to sign up.  Class size limited to twenty.  Silverbrook and Six Farm CSA members are given  priority. For more information about Silverbrook Farm please visit: SilverbrookDartmouth.com

    Future events include: Canning and Preserving - Yes We Can!
         Jam and Jelly Creating.
         Lacto-fermentation Pickling!
         Local Cheese tasting and production.
         Sustainable gardening techniques - farm walk about.
         And "Dine at the Barn"  dinners.

    Osprey Tour with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

    June 28, 10:00-2:00 p.m.
    The Westport River is home to the largest Osprey colony in New England. Come explore the river and observe these magnificent birds from our excellent vantage point. We'll paddle along the islands to view the ospreys watching over their nests, soaring above the river, and dramatically diving for food. Shelli Costa, Education Director, from the Westport River Watershed Alliance, will join us to add insight into their behavior. This is a bird lover's trip not to be missed. Costs are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members. Please contact Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures at (508)636-0300 to register for this event.

    Lloyd Center Clambake XXIV, ‘Simply The Best!'

    July 10, 6-11 pm
    It's time already to make plans for the best party of the summer, the annual Lloyd Center Clambake! The Clambake is the Center's principal fund-raising event of the year, and we expect another sellout for 2009. Through the wonderful support of our contributing guests and corporate sponsors, we raised over $100,000 last year. This popular and fun summer event is essential to the Lloyd Center's ability to continue our high quality environmental education and research programs. Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth. For reservations, call the Clambake Hotline, (508) 558-2916, admin@lloydcenter.org, or visit www.lloydcenter.org.

    Sustainability Summer Camp for Middleschoolers

    July 13 - July 17, UMass Dartmouth main campus.
    Please contact Caroline Goode at 508-910-6484 go to our web site for more information on registering your child for this summer's Sustainability Camp.

    NOFA Summer Conference

    August 7-9, UMass Amherst main campus.
    Northeast Organic Farming Association's 35th annual summer conference features 150 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, sustainability and homesteading.

    Keynote speakers: Paul Stamets, mushroom expert and author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World and Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, an organization that brings knowledge about sustainable food systems to urban areas.

    For more information contact the NOFA Summer Conference office at (978) 355-2853 or http://www.nofasummerconference.org or nofa@nofamass.org.

     

    Leaf Bullet Announcements

    Dartmouth YMCA Seeks Summer Camp Staff and Specialists

    The Dartmouth YMCA Summer Camp Metacomet Program seeks responsible, enthusiastic individuals to join their summer camp staff team to organize activities for the following areas: Nature (environmental science), Arts & Crafts, Group Sports, and Farming. Duties include creating creative and interactive activities for kids ranging in ages from 5 to 13 years old.

    For more detailed information please contact Camp Metacomet Director Stephanie Traynor, 508-993-3362.

    Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative in New Bedford

    The Marion Institute, in collaboration with local organizations, the New Bedford Economic Development Council and the Mayor's Office, announces the creation of the Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative. The objective of the initiative is two-fold: to ensure that New Bedford accesses American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding - which will support green business and green job development - and to ensure that the city's initiatives specifically benefit and are accessible to low income communities and communities of color in the city. The overarching goal is to help New Bedford become a national leader in the green jobs and sustainability movement.

    For more information, contact: Desa VanLaarhoven at desa@marioninstitute.org or Kalia Lydgate klydgate@marioninstitute.org

    Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Dartmouth YMCA

    Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Camp Metacomet, Dartmouth YMCA - 1 and 2 week sessions throughout summer 2009.

    Do you have a passion for science and the growth of healthy fruits and vegetables? Join us for the first ever Camp Metacomet Specialty Camp that will look at our world's growing issue of food production and healthy eating. Working alongside a seasoned farmer, campers will gain the skills and talents to begin growing his or her own garden right in the back yard. Campers will experience the nurturing food from seed to harvest, while also participating in traditional camp activities. This program is perfect for campers ages 6-15. We guarantee that this camp will allow campers to explore another side of science and discover the fruitful labors of their hard work. Campers will help to develop our working farm and learn about leadership and community service.

    For more information visit www.ymcasouthcoast.org or check out the 2009 Camp Brochure (info on young farmers camp on page 17);  interested?  Here's the 2009 YMCA Camp Registration Form. (Ages 6–15)


    Leaf Bullet Ongoing

    Farmers Markets

    Fairhaven, Sundays 1-4pm at the Fairhaven High School.
    Dartmouth, Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.

    Know Your Vegetables: A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production. 

    We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys vegetables… young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.

    • July 20, 2009: Foliar Fertilizers: Compost Teas, Biodynamic Preparations and Foliar Sprays to Increase Production and Improve Disease Resistance
    • August 17, 2009: A Celebration of Summer - Know Your Vegetables Community Potluck.

    Discussions are held at Brix Bounty Farm.  Usually 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:30 PM

    For more information or to RSVP please contact Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747    Ph:  508.992.1868                  
    http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

    Roots Down New Bedford: Gardening Workshops

    1st Tuesday of every month, 4pm, Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale (NE Corner of Buttonwood Park). Accessible by SRTA bus routes #6 and #10.

    What: A free monthly series focusing on sustainable gardening techniques.

    Why: To help new and experienced gardeners gain a deeper understanding of methods used in healthy food production. To help build local food security for our community.

    *Neighborhood-based workshops now scheduled! Visit the Farm blog for locations and schedule

    Roots Down - New Bedford is part of the Safe Soils for Healthy Food Project presented by Brix Bounty Farm and the Rotch-Jones- Duff House&Garden Museum and is made possible by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - SEEAL Fund.

    For more information please contact Brix Bounty Farm at 508-992-1868 or visit the farm blog at http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

    Volunteers Needed for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay

    Although Jack Frost doesn't seem to be loosening his grip, we know Spring has to be just around the corner. And that means it's time to sign up to be a Baywatcher volunteer!
       
    Now in its 18th year, Baywatchers is Massachusetts' largest volunteer-based coastal water monitoring effort. From May through September, more than 100 dedicated volunteers help us to monitor the health of Buzzards Bay by testing water samples from more than 30 harbors and coves from the Westport River to Woods Hole and the Elizabeth Islands.

    And the Coalition needs more than 100 volunteers to help again this year!

    A strong science background is not necessary. A good Baywatcher is someone who can consistently commit one hour between 6-9 a.m. each week from May-September and follow scientific instructions on how to test the water using a Baywatchers test kit.  A Baywatcher should also be agile enough to work on docks and piers along the waters edge.  All volunteer Baywatchers participate in a training session to learn the proper sampling techniques and receive a sampling test kit, a handbook of procedures/protocols, and data sheets.

    To Sign Up: Contact Tony Williams, Director of Monitoring Programs, at 508-999-6363 x203 or e-mail williams@savebuzzardsbay.org and provide a message with your name, e-mail and contact information.

    Volunteers Needed for Friends of Buttonwood Park

    The Friends of Buttonwood Park need enthusiastic volunteers to introduce the Buttonwood Park Arboretum and its unique trees to local K-4 school groups.

    The Friends provide all the necessary information about the 13 trees and volunteers take small groups of students and their teacher around the Arboretum while chatting about each tree. Each walk takes approximately 45 minutes and two are scheduled daily from 9 to 11am.

    This popular educational program runs for 3 weeks each fall and spring and requires 2 hours of your time several mornings during its duration.

    If this sounds like something you might be interested in joining please call for more information - Ann Beaumont: 508-993-8458 or Anne Eades: 508-996-1299

    Volunteers Needed for Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA

    Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA (276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA) is looking for volunteers to work on our 2-acre farm. Volunteers will plant, transplant, cultivate and harvest on the farm. All produce is donated to the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts (a United Way Program).

    We will have volunteer drop-in hours starting April 1st on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-11 and Thursdays from 3-5. The 2009 season runs from April until October.

    For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Edberg at 508-993-3361 x13 or by email at sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org

    Summer Sustainability Courses

    UMass Dartmouth Online

    Courses available Summer Session 2 (5 week session beginning July 6th)

    • SUS 250: Special Topics in Sustainability: Sustainable Living Learn to live more lightly on the planet. An introduction to global challenges and practical solutions related to energy, food, land use, water and air, waste, housing, and community health. This class will help students make personal and professional decisions supporting the three interconnected objectives of sustainability; economic vitality, environmental integrity, and social equity

    • MTH 120: Quantitative Reasoning Fundamentals of quantitative literacy fully integrated with environmental science topics to illustrate how mathematics is used to describe, model, and analyze data. This will be an introductory level course in applied mathematics. Topics include essential numeracy including estimation, measurement and scaling, and function modeling, which explores the three most important functions used in analyzing and modeling environmental data. Elementary statistics are explored with many practical examples to help students develop an intuitive understanding of descriptive statistics, sampling, and probability based inferential statistics.

    • MKT 690: Special Topics in the Market- Sustainable Enterprises [blended course:includes online and classroom components] Innovation and Creativity are the sparks that make good enterprises great. Sustainability is the disciplined creation of long term inter-generational prosperity through the enhancement of human, natural, manufactured, and financial capital. Combined they encourage a style of behavior comfortable with challenges, new ideas and constant change. This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate Sustainable Buisness Modeling tools together with creative problem solving and marketing techniques. Class time will be spent in lecture, discussion, case studies, experiential exercises and practical workshops. In addition the group auditing project will enable students to apply theoretical learnings to a real organization or community situation.

    Courses available for 7 week Summer Session (7 week session beginning June 15th)

    •PST 460/560: Environmental Impact of Globalization Prerequisites: PST 102 or upper-division standing Environmental impacts of contemporary globalization. The course reviews the effects of unregulated economic activity, rapid industrialization, and population growth in the Global South. The course also examines the effects of profligate consumption patterns, the practices of Northern-based corporations, and other aspects of the globalization process that impact the world's collective environmental security, such as unsustainable environmental practices that impact climate change, biodiversity, the world's natural resource base, and food supply.

    • SUS 235: Environmental Policy Environmental Policy will explore the decision making process that underlies most of our current environmental laws and regulations in the U.S. Students will learn about the process of environmental decision-making from an "incentive-based" approach and alternatives analysis. Topics such as air, water, hazardous substances, climate change, and environmental justice will be discussed. Students will interpret a current proposal to use charge systems to implement environmental policies. The course is meant as an introductory theme into environmental policy. There is no course pre-requisite.

    Tree Swallow Viewing

    Tree swallow nest viewing opportunities at UMass Dartmouth. Click here for more information.


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